With the playoffs rapidly approaching, there are several intriguing story lines involving potential postseason matchups. For example, in the Western Conference, the third seed Los Angeles Clippers are poised to play their rivals the Golden State Warriors in the first round. In the Eastern Conference, the fourth seed Chicago Bulls are set to matchup against the Brooklyn Nets for the second consecutive season. However, as the regular season comes to a close, the Bulls must climb out of the fourth seed if they want to have an actual playoff success.
Although the Bulls are somewhat improved over the team that played the Nets in the 2012-13 playoffs, Brooklyn is also much improved as well. Led by rookie head coach Jason Kidd, the fifth seeded Nets appear to be a dangerous team in a seven game series. Stars Deron Williams and Joe Johnson gave the Bulls all they could handle in the first-round last year.
With the addition of seasoned veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nets could potentially upset any team they face throughout the playoffs. If the Bulls were to play the Nets to open the postseason, it would be another hard fought series that Chicago might not escape.
Now that there’s only a few games remaining on the schedule for the Bulls, they have to remain focused on climbing up the standings and taking the third seed from the Toronto Raptors. After all, the Raptors are slated to face either the Washington Wizards or the Charlotte Bobcats — two teams that the Bulls matchup well with.
Only one week remains in the NBA‘s regular season, and the one thing that remains certain at this point is that the Bulls do not want or need another tough playoff series with the Nets.